Joshua Omoloye, Abuja
Director General of Voice of Nigeria and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Osita Okechukwu, has carpeted Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed over zoning of APC presidential ticket to the South.
The governor had, after his visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta told journalists that APC’s decision to zone the Presidency to the South is not a threat to the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).
Faulting Mohammed on all fronts, he knocked the governor for exhibiting
lack of dynamism in the political thinking of opposition Peoples Democratic Party adding that the PDP strategy is to whip up ethno-religious sentiment.
Okechukwu said the opposition party has shown that it is incapable of upstaging APC, especially when the unity and prosperity of Nigeria is not uppermost in their calculations.
Addressing the media in Abuja on Thursday, Okechukwu, said: “if the statement credited to him, Governor Bala Mohammed is correct, by extension PDP, is simply being opportunistic by saying that APC’s zoning of Presidency to the South is not a threat to the PDP, because if we put it to the North, it will give us more electoral victory; that’s ethnic chauvinism, simple.
“The Bauchi State governor and PDP seems to forget that Nigerians are fair-minded and upholds justice and equity in their voting preferences. That was why the late Moshood Abiola of Social Democratic Party (SDP), defeated Alhaji Bashir Tofa in his Kano State home in 1993.
“In 2023, Nigerians are going to repeat that feat by acknowledging President Muhammadu Buhari and APC’s decision to do the right things for national unity, peace and progress.
“To me, the doctrine of swap of offices between the north and the south is a masterstroke by Mr President and good for APC and Nigerians in every material.
“It is not only a threat to our sister political party, the PDP, but also signals their imminent defeat. The reaction, seems inspired by sense of defeatism and phobia for APC.”
Lampooning PDP, he bemoaned that after just seven years in opposition, PDP has retained its character of deception, duplicity, selfishness, promise and fail saying; “how can a rational political party flagrantly breach its constitution, which expressly ingrained zoning.”
On the perception that PDP’s strategy could be geared towards getting more votes from the north, Okechukwu insisted that the Bauchi governor may be speaking on behalf of those who underrate the political sophistication of the north and their abiding faith in equity, natural justice and good conscience.
“The north cannot be led by the nose by Governor Mohammed and his co-travellers. Have we forgotten how notable northern politicians like Alhajis Abubakar Rimi, Umaru Shinkafi, Adamu Ciroma, Dr Olusola Saraki, out of overriding public interest and uncommon patriotism constructed the zoning convention, which birthed the 4th Republic as the longest democratic era in the annals of Nigerian history,” he queried.
“I am confident that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how PDP nurtured Nigeria towards becoming the World Poverty Capital, gross unemployment and palpable insecurity by their squander mania and share-the-money syndrome which became its slogan.
“Nigerians know that those monies PDP shared among themselves and their cronies were budgeted for critical infrastructure and social development of our dear countrymen.
“It is therefore ironical that the same PDP is struggling to wash-off its hands like Pontus Pilate from squandering money budgeted for military equipment, roads, rails, education and healthcare.
“The tenancy-tailored agreements had made it impossible to unbundle the none performing and free Nigerians from the yoke.
“One flatly disagrees with those who say that APC and PDP are the same, because while our great party invested in critical infrastructure, PDP shared Nigeria’s money for temporary happiness,” he stated.